Protecting a Caribbean Shoreline and Coal-Fired Power Plant

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TenCate Geosynthetics has published a new video that features how TenCate Geotube® technology was used to repair and protect a Caribbean shoreline. The immediate area included a large utility company, which had seen the shoreline erode significantly over a period of years. Storm surges with waves exceeding 3m had been a major factor in the waterfront deterioration, which had taken 50m of beach. Th... »

Newly Established HUESKER Australia Expands a Global Geosynthetics Brand

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In 2016, the HUESKER Group acquired Australia-based NBW Mining. Now, the company has announced the phase in this development: the establishment of HUESKER Australia Pty Ltd. The move is part of significant international expansion for the global geosynthetics provider, which has also opened new production facilities and headquarters in Germany, the United States, and Brazil in recent years. “Going ... »

New Coal Ash Pond Capping Series from TenCate

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One of the fastest-growing markets for civil engineering in the United States is in capping coal combustion residuals. Tencate, one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of geosynthetics, has been well involved in the sector and now has added the Mirafi® CR-Series Pond Capping Geosynthetic Solutions to its engineered offerings. The CR-Series features high-performance geosynthetics for the stabiliza... »

Top Stories in Geosynthetics for 2016

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As promised, we reveal here today (December 29) the top stories in geosynthetics for 2016 on Geosynthetica. The stories have been ranked by most read, with the further caveat that the story must have been published in 2016. (There are a few exceptions noted at the end of older stories that actually cracked the top 15 for this year despite they having been published in previous year’s on the ... »

What Will Be Geosynthetica’s Most-Read Articles for 2016?

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As the year comes to a close, we take a closer look at the analytics to see how users have interacted with the site and to gauge our most-read articles. Readers do not interact with all content, of course. As expected, they focus on their particular areas of engineering interest. That might be a sector of engineering (e.g., transportation, coastal protection), a type of information (e.g, an abstra... »

TenCate’s Water and Environment Website Uses Client-Led Redesign

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By Elizabeth Peggs – TenCate Geosynthetics has been working to up their digital media presence and strategy, and the effort is yielding great results. The company has just launched a revised water and environment website zone. The redesigned segment of their primary www.geotube.com portal is dedicated to geotextile tube technology and solutions. Christopher Timpson, who serves as a Technical Servi... »

GeoPass Provides Geosynthetics Technical Networking

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In October, North Carolina-based HUESKER hosted a high-level, invitation-only geosynthetics technical networking event—GeoPass—in Charlotte, North Carolina at its new headquarters. The gathering of researchers, consultants, and other construction and industry stakeholders also allowed HUESKER to show off its spacious, new manufacturing facility in the nearby city of Shelby. The day-long GeoPass ev... »

Project Video: Geosynthetic Tubes for Coastal Protection

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A new project video from HUESKER details a 1500m-long coastal protection installation of geosynthetic tubes along Lake Sedlitz in Germany’s Lusatian Lake District. The 1400 ha (3460 acre) lake is the largest of the manmade lakes in the former lignite mining area. The old mines have been flooded, a process that has restored the region to its historical natural beauty. As the waters of Lake Sedlitz ... »

A New, Expanded Geosynthetics Headquarters for HUESKER Brazil

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International geosynthetics manufacturer and engineering services provider HUESKER Group has had a lot to celebrate. In recent years, the historical German headquarters marked the company’s 150th anniversary. This year, the United States-based HUESKER North America & Central America headquarters celebrated its 25th anniversary and tripled the size of its manufacturing and warehousing space in ... »

Geotextile Tubes for Breakwaters and Beach Restoration in Mexico

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By Angel Diaz and Chris Timpson – Geotextile tubes help to prevent storm damage and protect the environment through the building of custom marine structures. The installation of geotextile containers can be temporary or permanent, and in most cases the structures are invisible to the coastal environment. The technology involves the fabrication of a large containers made of a specially engineered t... »

Active Layers Enhance New Tektoseal Barrier Geosynthetics

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The wave of innovation in geosynthetics continues, with new active layer products announced by HUESKER. The company’s Tektoseal® Active line of barrier solutions are multi-layer composite materials that feature two outer woven or nonwoven geotextile layers and an internal active layer. The products are designed to be particularly effective for remediation, groundwater protection, and oil absorptio... »

Pan-American Mining Opportunities

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The mining industry uses an enormous amount of geosynthetic materials to provide safer, stronger, more cost-effective yields. The mine engineering presentations at GeoAmericas 2016 provide a high-quality, comprehensive view of geosynthetics in mining: heap leach, crusher walls, access roads, storage yards, tailings management, facility closure, and much more. GeoAmericas 2016 is the 3rd Pan-Americ... »

Mine Engineering Presentations at GeoAmericas 2016

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The mining industry uses an enormous amount of geosynthetic materials to provide safer, stronger, more cost-effective yields. The mine engineering presentations at GeoAmericas 2016 provide a high-quality, comprehensive view of geosynthetics in mining: heap leach, crusher walls, access roads, storage yards, tailings management, facility closure, and much more. THE LIST BELOW details a number of the... »

Mining Engineering at GeoAmericas 2016

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When GeoAmericas 2016 convenes in April in Miami, one of its cornerstone topics will be mining engineering. The scale of mines has increased dramatically in the past decade, which has elevated the need for geosynthetics. The many ways in which geosynthetics help provide safer, stronger yields while enabling more cost-effective approaches—including for some staggering engineering—will be on full di... »

Coastal Engineering Opportunities at GeoAmericas 2016

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Geosynthetic materials are used extensively in coastal engineering and protection projects. The modern geotextiles industry, in fact, emerged in the 1950s in response to flooding in the Netherlands and tropical storm damage in the United States. Since then, a large industry and innovative designs have come along. Geosynthetic tubes and containers provide dewatering and solids separation for large-... »

Live and On-Demand Professional Development

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As the calendar year winds down, professional development opportunities such as engineering webinars are utilized more. For some, these sessions provide needed PDHs. For others, it is simply the best time of the year for them to take time for the education. In December, multiple live and on-demand sessions are available. Live and pre-recorded webinar-based and online education tools have expanded ... »

REVIEW: Geosynthetics Middle East 2015

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The 7th edition of the international conference and exhibition Geosynthetics Middle East 2015 (GeoME 2015) once again turned the capital of the United Arab Emirates—Abu Dhabi—into an international meeting place for geotechnical and environmental experts. The event attracted more than 400 industry experts and 35 countries. The strong attendance, plus a sold out exhibition, underscored why the confe... »

Awards Enhance Geosynthetics Middle East Status

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The GeoME Awards were held at Geosynthetics Middle East 2015. While the event was the 7th in the annual series, it marked the first time for the GeoME Awards were presented. The addition was well-received. The final nominees and the winning projects represented a broad range of projects and materials. The two-day event was held 16 – 17 November 2015 in Abu Dhabi under the Patronage of Abu Dhabi Mu... »

Three Engineering Webinars from HUESKER in December

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After a series of well-received engineering webinars in September and October on canal lining, international geosynthetics manufacturer HUESKER is enhancing its education schedule with three free webinars in December. The topics will be asphalt reinforcement (December 2), sediment capping and containment (December 8), and geotextile encased columns (December 9). The details and register links foll... »

Mining: Geosynthetic Ballast System Protects Primary Liners

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HUESKER has announced the availability of its SoilTain® Protect geotextile system for the international mining community. The patent-pending geosynthetic ballast mattress is constructed of interwoven geotextile tubes to form homogenous panels. These durable mattresses can, in most instances, be filled with site soils or wastes, thereby offering a beneficial reuse option for site materials and redu... »

Private Equity Comes Calling for Tencate

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One of the world’s biggest manufacturers of geosynthetics seems set to go private. The multinational Royal Ten Cate NV (AMS:KTC), based in the Netherlands and listed on the NYSE EuroNext exchange, has received a buyout proposal from the private equity group Gilde Buy Out Partners. The deal has quickly received a number of irrevocable agreements and cash has been proven on hand to secure an outrigh... »

ACE Geosynthetics Adds Construction Videos to its EcoPark Website

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The official website of the ACE Geosynthetics EcoPark has been online since October 2014. Users can explore the park virtually and learn about geosynthetics. Applications profiled on the website include reinforced soil structures (RSS) with six facing systems, nine shoreline protection solutions, and three erosion control approaches. The ACE Geosynthetics EcoPark also includes pavements and other ... »

New Brochure from ACE Geosynthetics

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October 2014 – ACE Geosynthetics has published a new brochure focusing on its main products – geogrid (ACEGrid®), geotextile (ACETex®), and geotextile tube (ACETube®). The design concept of the brochure is to make it as easy to read as possible. This brochure is to help readers to get a better picture of ACE Geosynthetics and to provide an overview of ACEGrid® (geogrid), ACETex® (geotextile)... »

Persistence of GMA Pays off with WRRDA Passage

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The effort to get geosynthetics specifically mentioned in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) extends back many years. It began, in fact, roughly seven years ago following the passage of the last major water resource bill. The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) had drafted a strategic plan in 2004 that identified a need for a stronger voice at the federal government policy... »

WRRDA Passes; Cites Sustainability and Durability of Geosynthetics

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On May 22, the US Senate passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). The $12.3 billion conference report, passed by the House on May 20, enjoyed staggeringly strong bi-partisan support (91 – 7 in Senate, 412 – 4 in House). It will now go to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law. Of note: the bill specifically mentions geosynthetics within a section on durability and susta... »